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From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

   /lek'sr/, n.
      Common hacker shorthand for lexical analyzer, the input-tokenizing stage in
      the parser for a language (the part that breaks it into word-like pieces).
      ?Some C lexers get confused by the old-style compound ops like =-.?

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